I feel bad for not posting in a while. I kept thinking about it but haven’t had time or anything to talk about. I’m the type of person who likes routine. And lately, my life has been so unstable. My work life got even more crazy over the last month or two. I’ve been given some new responsibilities which is great, but now I feel like I’m running the store on my own. I only see my manager about once a week or less now because we have to run two stores. One thing that I’m very excited about is that I get to make the schedule for both stores. I’ve always wanted to make the schedule since my first job of working at the movie theatre. My first schedule has been posted and I haven’t had any complaints from my team which is a good sign. I’m a very organized person so I think this is the perfect task for me. I went out and bought a new binder to I can keep myself organized. I would hate to schedule someone for a shift they told me they could not work.

Besides the turmoil at work, my home life is also about to be disrupted. My boyfriend found out that he has to be out of his apartment by the end of May. We have been talking about living together for a while now so we thought this would be a good time. However, I love where I live. It’s the perfect place for me to be able to get to work. The rooms are big. I like my view. My deck is awesome. But it’s only a one bedroom so it would be way too small for the two of us to live comfortably. I set out the task for my boyfriend to find a place for the two of us that is still within walking distance of my work place. To be honest, this is a very difficult task because there aren’t too many places for rent around here. But he managed to set up a viewing for two town houses on Thursday. It would be exciting to get a town house. I’ve never lived in one before and I think it would make me feel even more like a grown up haha.

However, moving right now throws another issue into the mix. My parents are coming to visit for a week at the end of May. Their flights are booked and we have some hotels booked for a trip through the mountains. I’m really hoping we can get a place with a move-in date of May 1st or sooner. I want to be all unpacked and settled into a new place before they come to visit. I want my place to look perfect for them. They have never stayed in a place that was mine for a night before and I want it to look like a real home. If we can’t move until June, that will mean my boyfriend will be unable to come on the mountain trip with us which would be pretty disappointing for everyone. The rental place said they have a place available for the middle of April but there are a ton of people who have viewings set up. I will have to cross my fingers that it’s suitable for the two of us and that no one snags it before us.

So far 2014 hasn’t been so great. By the end of last week I just wanted to escape everything. I was contemplating quitting my job because I was so stressed out. After a three day weekend I’m feeling a little better, but I’m not looking forward to my work schedule this month. It might just possibly break me. I have been scheduled for shifts that I have specifically told my manager that I do not want to work and there are also lots of days where I have to work alone for 3 or 4 hours at a time. I specifically chose to work for a company like this because I didn’t want to ever have to work alone. I understand why the schedule is terrible; we are short staffed. But it’s the managers job to make sure we have the staff that we need, and if we don’t they shouldn’t be going away on vacations so often. We’ll see how the next few months go and maybe I’ll start thinking about making a decision. I have not been as stressed out about work since moving to Alberta over two years ago. It’s really wearing me out dealing with some of these people and am getting very close to my breaking point.

People have been telling me to quit since I moved here because of the treatment I have been given. The problem is this; I don’t like change and I don’t want to have to look for a new job. I also hate abandoning people. If only I knew what I wanted to do for work or what would be the best type of job for the skills I have, it wouldn’t be so bad. But I’m just clueless right now. I think what I would like is to work for a company that has regular hours (9-5) and gets all holidays off. I wouldn’t mind working in an office sitting at a desk every day. I don’t mind mundane tasks. I’m very organized and like to have things on time (or sooner if possible). I take deadlines very seriously.

My favorite things to do at my current and past jobs have been pricing stock. Making sure my work area is stocked up so my co-workers have the resources they need. I like counting and making sure inventory is at the numbers they are supposed to be at. I like sorting papers and making sure they are in the right places so they are easy to find when they are needed. I love office supplies and often say that is why I went into teaching. When I’m in Staples (office supply store) I always wish I had a use for everything in their store. I would love to have an office of my own.

I think another thing that may be affecting my mood lately is the weather. I’m so sick of winter right now. We’ve had snow on the ground since November and it’s so cold out that I really don’t want to be there. I miss being able to walk to work and back. The sidewalks are just too icy right now. It warmed up in the beginning of January for a few days and I was so happy. But now that it’s cold again I just want to stay home and do nothing.